Days of Future Past is doing extremely well at the box office and is getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The film feels like the third installment that X-men 3:The Last Stand should have been. It’s big, bold, has a massive cast, spans two time periods, and really does feel like the epic that Last Stand wanted to be.
The writer of the film Simon Kinberg had some interesting things to say about the film and it’s sequel, X-men: Apocalypse.
On the fact that a large portion of the film is set in the 1970’s:
When I first started working on the script, Matthew Vaughn was going to direct the movie who did X-Men: First Class, and one of the things he really wanted to do was explore different time periods, because he felt he’d already done the ‘60s with First Class. We didn’t want the events to take place right after, but see what had happened to these characters ten years down the road; see the real repercussions of the events of First Class. And 1973 appealed to me because I was born that year, but more because it was a flashpoint for a lot of different things—the end of the Vietnam War and the beginning of Watergate. Then, I started looking at the events of ’73 and I saw the Paris Peace Accords, and thought that would be a great backdrop because the film is really about war and peace, so it felt thematically rich and potentially visually rich.
On the use of Quicksilver:
It was pretty clear-cut what the parameters were, and they weren’t particularly tough on our side. The only thing we couldn’t talk about was The Avengers, but I probably wouldn’t have talked about them because when we meet Quicksilver, he’s a kid living at home in 1973. They have different restrictions because of the way the deal works, although that’s way above my pay grade. We decided we were going to use Quicksilver way before they decided they were going to use him in The Avengers, so we just made the decision independently. Early in the script phase, that character was going to be a young Juggernaut, but Bryan felt we’d exhausted Juggernaut’s powers in X-Men: The Last Stand, and he wanted to see a mutant we hadn’t put on film before who had an interesting visual power.
And on who will appear in the X-men: Apocalypse cast:
It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too.